Mary McAdoo Hussey Emmy-winning early television personality, widow to Robert Douglas “Bob” Hussey (close longtime associate of Bob Hope) and sister of Tom McAdoo (film editor), died April 22 in Burbank. She was 91.
Her first job was as a wardrobe girl for Paramount Studios. There she met her future husband, an account exec, who handled P.R. for Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour during the series of famous road pictures. Hussey was closely aligned with Bob Hope for much of his life, traveling with him on U.S.O. tours, acting as managing director of Hope Enterprises, and was involved in many Hope TV specials.
Mrs. Hussey’s brother Tom McAdoo was a film editor working on many notable films such as “Shane” and “The Americanization of Emily.”
While raising her family, she started her career in TV. In the 1950s she created, produced, and hosted “Mary McAdoo at Home,” which ran on ABC for four years and was picked up by NBC for an additional four. The program showcased celebrities such as Max Factor, Nat King Cole and Florence Chadwick.
Two daughters, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive her.
Donations can be made in her name to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.